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Program Support Associate - Environment Team

The Walton Family Foundation

D.C. ,  Washington

The Walton Family Foundation is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, and entrepreneurial individual to join the foundation’s Environment team as a Program Support Associate (PSA). As PSA, you will have the opportunity to support a talented and fast-paced team in the areas of operations and grants management to ensure smooth and efficient operations. The position will be located in our Washington, DC office.

About the Walton Family Foundation

Sam and Helen Walton had an unshakable belief in the power of individuals to transform their lives. As Sam said, there is no limit to what individuals can accomplish if “given the opportunity, the encouragement and the incentive to do their best.” Today that “no limits” philosophy is carried forward by their descendants through the Walton Family Foundation.

Since 2000, the foundation’s grantmaking has grown from $50 million to $375 million in 2015. With grantmaking projected to exceed $2 billion over the next five years, the foundation continues to move forward with increasing intensity, focus and commitment to sustaining the Walton’s timeless entrepreneurial values and their deep dedication to making life better for individuals and communities alike. By working with grantees and collaborating with other philanthropic organizations, the foundation is focused on making a positive difference in three primary program areas of collective interest to the Walton family:

  • K-12 education
  • Freshwater and marine conservation
  • Quality of life initiatives in Arkansas and the Mississippi River Delta Region

In addition to these program areas, the foundation also supports grantmaking interests of individual and groups of Walton family members, as well as independent foundations created by family members. These individualized giving areas represent a high growth area of the foundation.

The foundation continues to implement and expand grantmaking to fund a positive difference in many diverse communities – and in the lives of the people who call these communities their home.

Headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas, with offices in Washington, D.C., Jersey City, New Jersey and Denver, Colorado, a team of approximately 100 associates conducts the day-to-day operations.

Responsibilities

Your primary duty will be to support smooth execution of the environment team’s operations, budgeting, strategy, and grantmaking. Specific duties could include:

Grants Management (60% of time)

  • Assist program officers in the grant making process which includes pre-grant research, financial analysis, proofreading and preparing internal grant documents, and tracking post-grant payment and reporting
  • Use our grant tracking database to analyze information on WFF historical giving and grant making
  • Assist with managing team’s pipeline and grant workflow
  • Participate on internal content-specific working groups centered on the Environment initiatives and strategies
  • Act as liaison between Environment team and home office administration for information and updated processes

Operations (30% of time)

  • Help inform decisions of environment program officers and senior leadership team by carrying out operational, technical, and analytical tasks
  • Prepare documents, file documents, take minutes, and compile follow-up notes for team and other meetings as needed
  • Work with the Program Coordinator to continually improve team efficiency
  • Coordinate events/meetings, team retreats and professional development opportunities for team members

Additional Duties (10% of time)

  • Act as representative of the foundation to grantees and external partners
  • Special projects as assigned

Qualifications and Experience

You will have an understanding of, or be willing to learn about the Environment program. You show initiative and decisiveness, while staying flexible and showing capacity to give and receive feedback graciously.

We seek a strong individual with excellent social, technical, and communication skills. You will be both a self-starter who knows how to take the initiative, and a collaborative colleague who can work effectively as part of a dynamic team.

Key qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 2-4 years’ work experience, preferably in an administrative or operations role in an office environment requiring interaction with both internal and external “customers”
  • A passionate commitment to the Foundation's goals and the ability/willingness to adapt as those goals evolve
  • The ability to problem solve, analyze, think critically, and understand emerging issues that are directly relevant to programmatic funding areas
  • Excellent organizational, detail-orientation, and project-management skills
  • Ability to establish relationships and networks to achieve results
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Positive, collaborative approach to work
  • Unquestionable ethics and personal integrity
  • Strong technical skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint
  • Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a team, as well as independently

Work Environment

You will join 20 colleagues in the growing DC office. The work environment is professional, fast-paced, friendly and typical for an office-based position. There is occasional travel involved for team retreats and company-wide meetings.  Physical demands are typical of an office environment.

Compensation and Benefits

The Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates please apply at the link below:

https://waltonfamilyfoundation.applicantharbor.com/

The Walton Family Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.



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